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Pick of the Day: 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole

The Ferrari 308 GTSi is the more-desirable Quattrovalvole model
The Ferrari 308 GTSi is the more-desirable Quattrovalvole model

Today, Ferrari is a name brand as big as Coca-Cola or McDonalds. But in the 1970s, it was very much a niche brand known only by the few who had one of the fantastic cars from Maranello or the true car crazy people like me who lived and died by the words written in Road & Track magazine.

This all changed in 1980 when Ferrari put together the best serialized television commercial ever created with the launch of the TV show Magnum P.I. The strength of the Ferrari brand today, I feel, would never have happened if it wasn’t for Magnum and the Ferrari 308 GTS that starred alongside Tom Selleck. This to many people is the seminal Ferrari that they picture in their heads. Pretty astounding since the show went off the air in 1988. Continue reading

Japan’s first racing star set for Amelia Island Concours debut

The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti
The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti photos

Even if you are among the rising tide of Japanese collector car fans, don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars. Although little remembered today, the lusciously streamlined R380 made quite an impression in 1966 when it succeeded in beating the reigning Porsche 906s at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The six-cylinder endurance racer also set several speed records in 1965, and it helped put the tiny Prince Motor Company in the spotlight of international motorsports. Continue reading

Six pack of Armstrong Siddeleys featured at War Museum sale

Rare 1935 Special Mk II Touring Limousine among  Colin Hope's collection heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Rare 1935 Special Mk II Touring Limousine among Colin Hope’s collection heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

Six Armstrong Siddeleys from the collection of the late Colin Hope, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders and a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics’ Duxford Auction scheduled for March 29 at the Imperial War Museum. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1936 Lancia Astura ‘Tipo Bocca’

The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance taking place this coming weekend, the Pick of the Day is a magnificent piece of concours royalty: the very 1936 Lancia Astura “Tipo Bocco” that won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Vintage tractors, farmobilia on the docket at Davenport

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX could work in orchards, then be driven into town | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photos
1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX could work in orchards, then be driven into town | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photos

More than 400 vintage tractors and 300 signs and farm relics will be offered for bidding when Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opens its 2017 sales calendar with its Spring Classic, scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading

Yet another decrepit barn-find E-type to be auctioned

Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos
Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos

It seems that the world must be filled with abandoned Jaguars waiting to be discovered in barns and garages and then pulled out and sold at auction. Another desirable E-type coupe, an early 1962 model, has been unearthed in the UK and is being offered by Classic Car Auctions at its April 2 sale in Birmingham, England.

The Series 1 coupe has a known history of two British owners, the original one driving the car for 35 years before selling to the subsequent owner in November 1997, according to a news release from the auction house. Repainted white somewhere along the line, the car was originally painted Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim. Continue reading

Renaissance Roadster drives from Detroit with Ridler Award

The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr
The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr

There’s no denying that the 65th annual Detroit Autorama started with a big bang this year. To launch the show — quite literally — a “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger raced along the riverfront street next to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and sped up a ramp and flew over the pavement, just like Bo and Luke would do on The Dukes of Hazzard television show.

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Mama Tried – and succeeds – at being a unique motorcycle show

A rigid-frame Harley-Davidson stands like a curated work of art | William Hall photos
A rigid-frame Harley-Davidson stands like a curated work of art | William Hall photos

Unlike the hapless subject of Merle Haggard’s wistful honky-tonk classic from which it derives its name, Milwaukee’s Mama Tried Motorcycle Show has proven to be a standout success among vintage and custom motorcycle shows.

Held each February in a century-old urban industrial warehouse in the shadow of main-sponsor Harley-Davidson, the event celebrates the art of the motorcycle in a hip, fresh exhibition of more than 100 invited builders and collectors from around the country. Continue reading

AACA opens 2017 show season with Winter Meet in Ocala

A complete rack of 1936 Fords in most but not all body styles | Jim McCraw photos
A complete rack of 1936 Fords in most but not all body styles | Jim McCraw photos

The first of what will be 16 events organized by the Antique Automobile Club of America took place late last month when the Winter Meet was held on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, the horse capital of the world. Around 250 vehicles were on display, ranging in birthday from 1912 to 1992, hosted by the AACA’s Sunshine State region and chapters of the Central Florida Region. Continue reading